FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pamela Quidley
Communications and External Affairs Manager
830.312.7940 | firstname.lastname@example.org
(New Braunfels, TX – April 6, 2022) – New Braunfels and surrounding communities went into Stage 1 Drought Restrictions on March 10, 2022. Although there has been some slight rain in our area, the rainfall has been insufficient to maintain water level readings at the Edwards Aquifer for New Braunfels and the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone areas. The recent rise in temperatures, and increased water usage, combined with a warmer than usual and dry forecast, means that New Braunfels could enter State 2 Drought Restrictions within the next week. Today, the 10-day average for the J-17 well is 651.7-feet, less than two feet above the trigger for Stage 2.
“It is that time of year when water demand is anticipated to increase,” said Chief Strategic Communications and Security Officer Melissa Krause. “Conservation measures enforced through drought restrictions are designed to help conserve water; however, NBU encourages year-round conservation to help protect our natural resources.
If and when we enter Stage 2 water restrictions, watering would be allowed one day a week. The schedule for the use of a sprinkler or irrigation system will be as follows:
Addresses ending 0 and 1: Monday
Addresses ending 2 and 3: Tuesday
Addresses ending 4 and 5: Wednesday
Addresses ending 6 and 7: Thursday
Addresses ending 8 and 9: Friday
Use of a hand-held hose, bucket, soaker hose, drip irrigation system, or a soaker hose that does not spray water into the air would be allowed on any day BEFORE 10:00 a.m. and AFTER 8:00 p.m. during Stage 2. The use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is not permitted on the weekends during Stages 1, 2, or 3.
To keep track of the latest watering stage and pertinent information, visit nbutexas.com/current-water-restriction-status, facebook.com/newbraunfelsutilities, or call the NBU water hotline at 830.608.8925. In addition to providing a complete copy of the New Braunfels Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan, nbutexas.com is also a great place to obtain a landscape watering guideline for New Braunfels, request a virtual assessment, and explore tips on saving water both inside and outside the home.
About New Braunfels Utilities:
Dedicated to excellence in service, New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) was established in 1942 and is one of 2,000 community-owned, nonprofit public power electric utilities in the nation. The mission of NBU is to enhance the quality of our community by providing innovative, essential services. Governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents appointed by the New Braunfels City Council, NBU is committed to being a recognized and trusted community partner, providing essential electric, water, and wastewater services. Utility revenue is invested back into the utility systems, which benefits the community. New Braunfels Utilities makes an annual transfer to the City of New Braunfels, which in turn helps to pay for services such as fire, police, and parks. Additionally, in 2016, NBU repurposed its former16-acre warehouse site to become the Headwaters at the Comal, to serve as its conservation legacy, which will strengthen the relationship between the community and nature by showcasing the significance of the Comal Springs. Follow NBU on Facebook at facebook.com/newbraunfelsutilities, on Twitter at @nbutexas, and learn more, visit nbutexas.com.